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[drahy-dok] /ˈdraɪˌdɒk/
verb (used with object)
to place (a ship) in a dry dock.
verb (used without object)
(of a ship) to go into a dry dock.
Origin of dry-dock
First recorded in 1880-85

dry dock

a structure able to contain a ship and to be drained or lifted so as to leave the ship free of water with all parts of the hull accessible for repairs, painting, etc.
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The ramshackle ferry-boat was firmly wedged in a dry-dock of ice on the western side of the Missouri.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • A dry-dock is usually constructed with gates, to admit or shut out the tide.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • Dummy port-holes are fixed to the sides of the dry-dock for the purpose of lighting up the interior of the engine-room.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • There's a lot of you who will have to go into dry-dock before long and get patched up.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Before us was the floating battery, which was formerly the New Orleans dry-dock.

    My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field Charles Carleton Coffin
  • All of them had been killed except one or two who were in dry-dock for repairs.

    Outwitting the Hun Pat O'Brien
  • The old Constitution, rightly deserving the attention of the government, was put in dry-dock to be thoroughly overhauled.

    Pike & Cutlass George Gibbs
  • True, her bottom is coppered and you dry-dock her every year; but that's an expense.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • A lead keel is then screwed to the wooden keel, and when this is done the dry-dock can be launched.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Some of you dry-dock conservative ducks would have let it go by, but papa is nothing if not adventurous.

    The Colossus Opie Read
British Dictionary definitions for dry-dock

dry dock

a basin-like structure that is large enough to admit a ship and that can be pumped dry for work on the ship's bottom
to put (a ship) into a dry dock, or (of a ship) to go into a dry dock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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